Source: Labour List UK
The suspension of the Labour whip from former leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to last for three months pending a parliamentary party investigation, though this time period is “reviewable”, LabourList understands.
According to well-placed LabourList sources, Corbyn has been informed by chief whip Nick Brown that the whip is to be suspended for three months and that a probe will be conducted under Parliamentary Labour Party rules.
The whip suspension is to be kept under review, which means it is not a hard deadline and could be shorter or longer than the time period specified. It is understood that Corbyn’s team is challenging the contents of Brown’s letter.
Corbyn-supporting members of the national executive committee (NEC) also tonight wrote to general secretary David Evans, who made the original decision to suspend Corbyn over his comments on Labour antisemitism.
The joint statement describes Keir Starmer’s decision to withhold the whip following the lifting of Corbyn’s suspension as “an act of deliberate political interference in the handling of a complaint” and a “matter of double jeopardy”.